PRIVACY + SECURITY BLOG

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Ransomware The Horror Grows

As the FBI warned, ransomware has proven to be a formidable threat costing businesses over $1 billion in 2016, averaging 4,000 attacks per day. Ransomware forces victims to choose between losing access to their files or paying a fee that can range between hundreds and thousands of dollars. Ransomware has already made headlines in the first […]

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Law Firm Cybersecurity: An Industry at Serious Risk

Last year, major incidents involving law firm data breaches brought attention to the weaknesses within law firm data security and the need for more effective plans and preparation. An American Bar Association (ABA) survey reveals that 26% of firms (with more than 500 attorneys) experienced some sort of data breach in 2016, up from 23% in 2015. […]

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New Resource Page: How to Make Security Training Effective

Effective Security Training

I recently created a new resource page —  How to Make Security Training Effective.  The page contains my advice for how  to make security training memorable and effective in changing behavior. Training the workforce is an essential way to protect data security, but not all training endeavors are successful.  Poor training is akin to shouting […]

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New Resource Page: Security Awareness Training FAQ

Security Awareness Training FAQ 01

What laws require security awareness training?  What topics do the laws require to be covered?  What should be covered?  How frequently should training be given? I recently created a new resource page — Security Awareness Training FAQ — to answer the above questions and more.  I discuss various legal and industry requirements for security awareness […]

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Troublesome Password Practices and the Need for Data Security Training

By Daniel J. Solove A recent study by TeleSign revealed that many people engage in some troublesome password practices. Some of the most alarming findings from the report include: — 73% of accounts use duplicate passwords. — Nearly half of consumers have a password they haven’t changed in 5+ years — “Consumers have an average […]

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